Slipping down the list – oops! – Sorry

A couple of months ago I won this book in a draw from Librarything‘s Early Reviewers programme – winners are asked to read and review the books won. Vilnius Poker by Ricardas Gavelis is a novel new in translation by Open Letter Books – I’m told by a Lithuanian Librarything user that it is considered a modern classic in his country.

The blurb made it sound really interesting: “Considered to be the “turning point” of Lithuanian literature, Vilnius Poker depicts the mental dissolution of Vytautas Vargalys, a survivor of the Soviet labor camps who works an absurd job at a library and feels like Lithuania is being crushed by a mysterious “Them.” “They” might include the aptly named Lolita, a young girl who comes to work for the library and starts an affair with Vytautas…”

When it arrived though, it was obviously a chunky novel, 485 pages to be precise, and the type is small. Now I’ve got my new lenses in my reading glasses, small typefaces are no longer a problem, but I’ve read the first few pages a few times and promptly fallen asleep. I promise I will read it and I’m sure if I can get a way into it, it’ll be worth it. The problem is that loads of really exciting books keep appearing all over the place – and I can’t resist them.

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